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A digression ... but still in the arts.

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:10 pm
by Roderick Grant
I'm not big on "Best Ten ..." lists. Usually, if asked about the 10 greatest entertainers, past or present, I just say, "All ten votes go to Ethel Waters," and have done with it. But recently I have been reminded of 2 great actors whom I haven't seen for a long time. One is little-known, because of a short life: Frank Lovejoy (1912-1962). His best known movie was "I Was a Communist for the F. B. I." (1951) which was transferred to TV as "I Led Three Lives." It is airing on TV soon. He was a great actor who deserved more than his usual second lead.

But I write today to encourage all who watch PBS to check your schedule for a 2019 ninety-minute TV film, "Elizabeth Is Missing," starring Glenda Jackson, after a 27-year break. It's about the progression of dementia. Sounds like a downer, doesn't it? It isn't. It is, to any actor with a hint of acting knowledge, a seminar in the art of Melpomene. Perfection by one of the greatest of all time.

Re: A digression ... but still in the arts.

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:36 pm
by SDR
The first film is running (as "I was a . . .) this week on Movies!, a VHF broadcast channel. Saw a minute or two during lunch today; I'll look for it again. The second I saw most of, the other night. Afterward they ran a docu quoting the younger actors, who said what a pleasure it was working with the old pro. "The years haven't half aged her !" is what one would expect a wise-cracking Brit to say; wizened doesn't do her face justice. Too many cigarettes ? But what a good story . . .

S

Re: A digression ... but still in the arts.

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:41 pm
by Stephen Cowdery
I saw Elizabeth is Missing and I agree with Roderick 100%.
BTW, Glenda was a MP from 1992-2015!

Re: A digression ... but still in the arts.

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:41 pm
by SDR